Jordan campaign encourages domestic and Arab tourism

Tourists queue to pay the entrance fees at Jerash. [Ali al-Rawashdah / Al-Shorfa]

Tourists queue to pay the entrance fees at Jerash. [Ali al-Rawashdah / Al-Shorfa]

  • COMMENT

    17

  • Print this article
  • increase decrease

In an effort to stimulate domestic tourism and address the decline in international bookings to the region, the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launched the "Jordan is More Beautiful 2" campaign earlier this month.

Jordanian Minister of Tourism Haifa Abu Ghazaleh announced at a news conference on April 17th that the campaign will continue year-round and will not be limited to a certain season of the year, as was the case in previous campaigns.

She added that the campaign will include a reduction in prices, commensurate with citizens' ability to pay.

The campaign also coincides with a recent decision by the Jordanian cabinet to encourage Arabs from the region to visit local tourist sites and monuments by charging them the same entry fees that Jordanians now pay.

It includes 24 tourist programmes covering all tourist attractions and archaeological sites in the kingdom. The Tourist Transportation Association has pledged to provide tourist buses as appropriate.

The tours include Tabqat Fahl and Umm Qais, in addition to Ajloun and Mar Elias, Jerash and Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba, and other archaeological and tourist sites in the kingdom.

Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Issa Gammoh told Al-Shorfa that, "The ministry, in co-operation with all the relevant tourism facilities, will develop tourism programmes aimed at targeting domestic tourists by charging prices within the citizens’ reach, and provide the same level of services as those made available to foreign tourists."

Gammoh said domestic tourism in Jordan makes up between 7% and 9% of total tourism activity, adding that tourism in 2010 contributed about 13% of GDP and provided 42,000 jobs to Jordanians.

Hotels, travel agents, transportation companies, restaurants and the Tourism Promotion Authority are co-operating to create an integrated programme designed to encourage Jordanian tourists to engage in domestic tourism rather than travel abroad.

There are two options for domestic tours: the first includes a one-day visit to tourist and archaeological sites near the capital, while the second includes accommodations for one or two continuous days in areas farther from Amman.

Trip prices start from 14 dinars (or $20) per person per day, and include transportation, entrance fees and snack food, as well as preferential rates for children aged 2 to 11 years.

The cost of a trip for two days and one night to Aqaba, for example, is 31 dinars (or $44) per person.

The head of the Jordan Hotels Association Abdel Hakim al-Hindi said, "It has been agreed with the hotel establishments the need to ensure the success of the campaign by offering prices discounted by 50 per cent."

"The hotels that will benefit the most will be three and four-star hotels, which are accessible to Jordanian and Arab citizens and do not charge high prices," he told Al-Shorfa.

Jordanian citizen Shadi al-Majali welcomed the length of this year's campaign, which extends for eight months until the end of the year. "This way, Jordanian families can choose the time that is convenient to them for tourism."

"The campaign this year is distinctive and provides highly discounted prices, which will encourage citizens to visit tourist sites they did not know before," he said.

Moaz Anasuh, also from Jordan, said the campaign is distinguished by its focus on lowering prices and making tourist attractions affordable to everyone.

"It is possible to select more than one site to visit this year, instead of travelling abroad, because Jordan is stable in addition to having several wonderful resort areas that will suit this year's summer season," he said.

ADD A COMMENT (COMMENT POLICY) * DENOTES REQUIRED FIELD

  • READER COMMENTS

    علي عبد داود

    2012-4-11

    The Jordanians are actually fortunate because their country features those important and valuable monuments. In fact, everyone should consider visiting this region in order to enjoy the important development of civilization there. As far as I am concerned, Jordanians must maintain this precious legend which could represent a very important source of income through tourism. They could benefit so much from tourists. I do believe that everyone should visit this historical place, which provides people with energy, in order to feel the importance of the Arab and Islamic nations’ history. This place is still prominent and wonderful. Therefore, I call on the Government of Jordan to appreciate this wonderful place and make more efforts to maintain it because this site reflects the history and the Renaissance of Jordan. God willing, antiquities in Jordan and all the Arab countries will be prominent and become even better. I supplicate Allah the Most High to grant the well-being to all the Arab and Islamic countries. God willing, they will live in security, safety and stability. Amen.

  • معن

    2011-7-26

    Jordan is one of the most beautiful areas that are distinguished by their mountains. It is very wonderful and it is also a successful tourist country. There are many wonderful tourist areas in Jordan, which are characterized by breathtaking charm. Every Arab citizen who would want to travel should go to Jordan, so he can feel how amazing and beautiful it is, and visit its breathtaking mountains.

  • حميد مصطفى

    2011-7-7

    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is endowed with many beautiful tourist sites, such as the regions that are located around the Dead Sea and in the mountains. This is in addition to the markets, monuments, museums, castles and health resorts. In addition, Jordan has many luxurious hotels that can attract tourists. Thus, the majority of tourists want to visit Jordan in order to enjoy the beautiful landscape of this country. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is characterized by its many tourist sites all over the country’s regions and provinces. In fact, it is a very beautiful country. That is why many people want to visit it and enjoy the beautiful landscape that can fascinate people’s minds and visions. Thus, every Arab person should go to Jordan in order to enjoy the natural landscape and the natural treatments that will relax the body. In fact, there are many sports clubs that have provided tourists’ comforts by using the Dead Sea water and its clay for the purpose of treatment and relaxation. Thus, tourists can visit the Dead Sea in order to see how people can swim there, thanks to the salt that helps the swimmers stay afloat. Besides, this has contributed to the treatment of many diseases, such as arthritis and acne. It is, of course, by God’s grace that this treatment can help people to enjoy relaxation and to be cured from many skin diseases. This can attract tourists to visit the Hashemite Jordanian Kingdom in order to enjoy its natural resources and its beautiful and refined tastes. In fact, Jordan is a very beautiful and very interesting tourist country, especially since it has all the capacities to ensure excellent tourism. This will enable tourists to enjoy comfort and entertainment and to spend a beautiful vacation enjoying all the beautiful and wonderful sites and amenities.

  • مجيد فوزي

    2011-7-6

    In Jordan, this small, beautiful country with a great history, there are many tourist areas that are known to the whole world and not only to the Arabs. There are areas of ancient history dating back thousands of years, and there are also areas of natural tourism, as well as wonderful man-made areas that keep pace with the tourism of the modern world. Thus, Jordan could be one of the countries which are famous for attracting tourists, because the tourist areas in Jordan are beautiful and have distinct features. Tourists will find what they want, such as the ancient history and civilization and the modern attractions and more. When we talk about tourism in Jordan, we must mention some of those famous tourist areas, which include some of those that have been counted among the Seven Wonders of the World. One of the most famous tourist sites in Jordan which has been called one of the Seven Wonders of the World is the beautiful, historic city of Petra, to which tourists come from all over the world, as well as the Dead Sea, which is packed with tourists, and the beautiful city of Aqaba, which is considered a tourist resort of the first class. There you find tourists of various Arab and foreign nationalities. I do not think there is anyone who comes to Jordan and does not think of going to Aqaba to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the sea and the modern restaurants, recreational venues and night clubs, in addition to the historic castles and palaces found in many governorates of Jordan. There is also a Roman amphitheater, the city of Jerash and many other scenic areas. Here we must mention the great effort made by those in charge of tourism in Jordan, because they are interested in those places and facilitate the entry of tourists to Jordan, so that tourism becomes one of the pillars of the Jordanian economy.

  • احمد سالم

    2011-7-4

    Jordan is characterized by the different tourist areas it has and which reflect different historical periods of ancient, intermediate, recent and modern human civilizations, as well as climate variability, which also characterizes Jordan, and allows people to enjoy tourism in both summer and winter. That is why Jordan has become the focus of attention of tourists from all over the world.

  • جودت علي

    2011-7-2

    How beautiful Jordan and its tourist sites are! In fact, Jordan has become very extraordinarily beautiful, given the abundance of its distinguished tourist sites. Whoever wants to get around, rest and entertain his family should go to Jordan and enjoy the wonders of its touristic resorts. Jordan has become one of the nicest Arab countries, in terms of tourism development.

  • عطفي جمال

    2011-7-2

    Jordan is a beautiful country, small in size but great in its history and its beautiful mountainous regions. Jordan is now one of the countries that achieve great success in tourism, compared to the neighboring countries, because Jordan has a lot of touristic, natural and archeological areas and historic cities. It also enjoys a good infrastructure that has helped the country attract a large number of tourists.

  • وعد عبدالحسيب

    2011-6-26

    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is wonderful and it has a lot of beautiful tourist resorts which we cannot miss. In fact, all tourists and visitors enjoy its wonderful sights, particularly the mountainous regions and coastal places bordering the Dead Sea, in addition to many other places.

  • نوري صالح

    2011-6-26

    The Arab people of Jordan are going through a very difficult situation because of the low wages that workers receive and the massive unemployment which has lowered the living standards in the country. In this respect, I call on the Jordanian government to show a greater sense of responsibility, to consider the suffering of the people and to come up with plans and make decisions which could improve the living standards for the citizens. The latter have been exhausted by the dire living conditions. Therefore, the Jordanian government and regime must improve the living standards, since they are responsible for the people. In fact, they must assume responsibility for providing all the requirements of well-being for the Jordanian people by increasing the subsidies and household income, so that they can cope with the tough demands of life. Indeed, living conditions are very hard and must not be left unchanged, because Jordanians will not accept them anymore. Thus, there is much work to be done in order to develop and improve living conditions for all Jordanians. In fact, this is what we call on the decision makers in Jordan to do, in order to provide citizens with comfort and happiness. The latter cannot put up with dire living conditions which plague their lives. The conditions must inevitably change, since they are not acceptable any longer. All the requirements that can serve the Jordanian people must be provided for, in order to witness a noticeable improvement.

  • حسني كريم

    2011-6-25

    Nowadays, Jordan is one of the most beautiful countries in the region, since it possesses many nice tourist resorts, in addition to the presence of a lot of monuments which date back thousands of years, and that have added a beauty to these resorts. The mountainous nature of Jordan also adds much wonder to this country, which has become a tourist destination for visitors from all over the world, thanks to its beauty.

  • انغام

    2011-6-23

    Jordan is a very beautiful country. It is true that Jordan is a small country in terms of area; however, it is a great country in terms of history and monuments. In fact, Jordan is distinguished by its archeological and tourist sites that have attracted tourists from all over the world to visit the mountains and the archeological and tourist sites that are found everywhere in Jordan.

  • محمد شريف امين

    2011-6-19

    Jordan has become one of God's heavens on earth because of the development taking place in its infrastructure, the constant attention being paid to its cities and providing it with all services and entertainment. In addition, there are beautiful tourist areas spread all over the Kingdom, which feature diversity and the availability of modern services, so that it has attracted the world's attention.

  • rahmi

    2011-6-18

    Jordan is a tourist country where you can find a lot of wonderful sites, which are distinguished by their charm and fascinating nature. Such places are usually visited by many tourists who like spending their vacation time in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and enjoying the beauty of the tourist sites in Jordan. In fact, the latter is distinguished from other regions, thanks to the Dead Sea and the wonderful mountainous and rocky regions, in addition to the ancient monuments.

  • وداد

    2011-6-12

    Jordan is one of the most beautiful countries that fascinate the eyes of the viewers with its tourist landscapes and archaeological and natural scenes, which still exist to this day. Jordan has become a destination for many tourists, because of the beauty of this country and its mountainous scenery, which boasts many populated cities that add a lot of beauty to this country.

  • فاضل عباس

    2011-5-27

    Jordan is one of the most beautiful things God created on earth, and I love not only the state, but the people as well. I love the beauty of the nature there. I hope to visit this country one day, because a lot of my friends and relatives urge me to visit Jordan for tourism and travel and to see the beauty of the natural areas there. Jordan is now going through bad conditions, because its economy is deteriorating, however, it is still beautiful. The large number of tourists visiting Jordan brings in a lot of money that revives the economy. We hope Jordan restores its previous position and the economy recovers again, so that it will join other Arab countries which are enjoying an economic boom. I believe that the economy grows with the stability in the country, through relationships with other countries. But Jordan is experiencing a lot of problems and unrest. We hope Jordan restores its normal position in the near future as a beautiful country, in spite of what is happening now. We hope normal life and the economy and tourism are revitalized again, especially as tourism is the most important resource for Jordan. What the Salafist groups did in the country caused fear and anxiety among people. In my opinion, it is the duty of the government to adopt new policies to get rid of all those problems gripping the country and leading to its collapse. Jordan was living in luxury, but the current economic difficulties have made it one of the poorest Arab countries. We do not want to see our Arab countries like that, so I hope the Jordanian government rethinks its policies in order not to keep the economy in such a crisis. We want people to wait more and be more realistic, and work hard to build relations with neighboring countries. I pray to God Almighty to bless Jordan and the Jordanian people, and to strengthen the Jordanian economy. If we go to the most beautiful areas in the world, we will not find a beautiful place like Jordan, where there is the beauty of nature and tourist places.

  • دحام علي

    2011-5-21

    Jordan is one of the most beautiful countries God created on earth, and I love not only the state, but the people as well. I love the beauty of the nature there. I hope to visit this country one day, because a lot of my friends and relatives urge me to visit Jordan for tourism and travel and to see the beauty of the natural areas there. Jordan is now going through bad conditions, because its economy is deteriorating, however, it is still very beautiful. The large number of tourists visiting Jordan brings in a lot of money that revives the economy. We hope Jordan restores its previous position and the economy recovers again, so that it will join other Arab countries which are enjoying an economic boom. I believe that the economy improves when the country experiences calm through relationships with other countries and Jordan is experiencing a lot of problems and unrest. We hope Jordan restores its normal position in the near future as a beautiful country, in spite of what is happening now. We hope normal life and the economy and tourism are revitalized again, especially as tourism is the most important resource for Jordan. What the Salafist groups did in the country caused fear and anxiety among people. In my opinion, it is the duty of the government to adopt new policies to get rid of all those problems gripping the country and leading to its collapse. Jordan was living in luxury, but the current economic difficulties have made it one of the poorest Arab countries. We do not want to see our Arab countries like that, so I hope the Jordanian government rethinks its policies in order not to keep the economy in such a crisis. We want people to wait more and be more realistic, and work hard to build relations with neighboring countries. I pray to God Almighty to bless Jordan and the Jordanian people, and to strengthen the Jordanian economy. Even if we go to the most beautiful areas in the world, we will not find a beautiful place like Jordan, where there is the beauty of nature and tourist places.

  • هاشم سلمي

    2011-5-11

    Jordan is really a wonderful and nice tourist place. I certainly love it, because it is the nicest divine creation on Earth. Thus, I would like to say to everyone that if ever you want to entertain and enjoy yourself, you should visit Jordan, because it boasts some of the most beautiful tourist resorts, which are really wonderful. In addition, I wish Jordanians all the best and success in all businesses.